What seemed like a never-ending silence by South Africa based Malawian gospel artist Onesimus (real name Armstrong Sopani Kalua) has reached its end point with the release of his foremost single “Thank You Lord” from his debut gospel album “The Worship Core” on Friday, November 21.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Onesimus could not conceal his exhilaration subsequent to the enormous rejoinder his song has established in South Africa for being selected as a sound track for the yet to be released movie “De Braziville a Johannesburg.”
“It has been a very long time since I released a song and I finally decided to end the silence with this new release and send a message to my fans that am still around singing for my God and thanking Him for anything He has bestowed upon me” said the artist adding: “This is in fact a song for all those people who have seen the shield hand of God in their lives fighting their battles while they seat comfortably and watch from a far as their enemies perish,” said Onesimus.
The artist ascribed his elongated taciturn to personal engagements he has been undertaking following his relocation to South Africa.
“2014 has not been simple for me as I had a lot of personal interests to achieve including my engagement to my fiancée Lisa, as well as strengthening my relationship with God before I seriously start my work as a gospel artist; I simply wanted Him to work in me before he works through me.
“Unlike before, every step I take these days is usually a direction from God through Prophet Shepherd Bushiri who has been a very good spiritual father and mentor to my life,” explained Onesimus.
Onesimus further said that plans are on the go to have a video for the single and other songs yet to be released from the album.
“Very soon I will start shooting a video for Thank You Lord and I can surely say that everything is in order, all am waiting is a final storyline script being developed by my long time friend and manager Kelvin Sulugwe,” said Onesimus.
According to Onesimus, most of the songs in his upcoming album, The Worship Core have already been recorded.
“I have been in the studio for the past months recording songs for the Worship Core. Most songs that I have done are solo projects and as I promised, I will still feature the big names in the album and to face reality, things are not that simple here like in Malawi when all you need is a verbal agreement to work with big artists, everything is contractual here and I have been chazing the paper work.
“This is a multimillion budget venture fully sponsored by Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and he is also a busy person with God’s work, some issues were delayed, but luckly, am on the twilight of the project,” said Onesimus.
The artist also hinted that over 5 million kwacha has been channeled to the album project and it’s estimated to be done by February next year. The song has been jointly produced by Malawi’s Alinafe “AK” Kalizang’oma of Hype Entertainment and South Africa’s South Line Media and can be accessed here: – http://m.malawi-music.com/2153_thank_you_lord/Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :